The Senegal international had been out of action since early December before Everton signed him for £13.5m on transfer deadline day but it was anticipated that he would only need to three weeks to get back to a level where he could contribute to the Blues' season.
Since then he has overcome a wrist problem that required minor surgery and made four appearances off the substitutes' bench totalling around 30 minutes' worth of action. He played twice for his country over the recent international break, scoring once in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, but his club manager says that he has some way to go before he could be considered as reaching peak fitness.
“The adaptation period has been a little bit longer than we expected,” Martinez told the Liverpool Echo.
“Oumar came back with a little bit of a problem in his wrist and that set him back a little bit. From the work that he is doing, he is getting very close to being where he wants to be physically.
“He's a player who needs to be 100% in order to be himself. He would tell you that probably he feels around 50 to 60% of his physical ability.
“We have to be very, very protective in that respect, having the player in the dressing room and Finch Farm, working towards getting him to his best level.
“The quicker we get through the adaptation period then the quicker we will see the real Oumar Niasse.”
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1 Posted 03/04/2016 at 02:11:44
2 Posted 03/04/2016 at 02:30:31
If we're lucky, at this rate Niasse will be making his 1st team start in a League Cup fixture next season. ;)
4 Posted 03/04/2016 at 02:41:54
5 Posted 03/04/2016 at 02:42:20
6 Posted 03/04/2016 at 03:17:06
7 Posted 03/04/2016 at 03:27:37
But Martinez is shit-hot re signings according to some of his (few) fans, isn't he? The entire spine of the relegated Wigan team for instance, McGeady, Gibson. Genius!
Niasse = Kone-lite....... if we're "lucky"?
Or, because I'm trying to be nice, just what is his previously undetectable gigantic wrist injury Roberto? Or, who in the medical team has been sacked for squandering £13 million'ish by authorising the signing of such an unfit player?
Or are you, by being totally unaccountable under BK, just the luckiest man in football at the cost of the club's fans?
8 Posted 03/04/2016 at 03:38:47
9 Posted 03/04/2016 at 03:46:09
10 Posted 03/04/2016 at 03:54:01
Really? The guy has been playing with strapping on his wrist for years judging by YouTube videos. He passes his Everton medical, signs for £13M and all of a sudden it becomes a problem.
Also, I know it's common 'football talk' but what the hell does '50 to 60% of his physical ability' actually mean?
100% - Fully fit
0% - Quadraspazzed on a life-glug
All the numbers in between are so meaningless and airy fairy.
50-60%??? Is that one week away from full fitness...or one month?
11 Posted 03/04/2016 at 04:00:16
12 Posted 03/04/2016 at 04:20:32
13 Posted 03/04/2016 at 04:56:43
If he's not match fit by now, he's an anomaly of human physiology. If he's simply not up to par or deemed a useful cog in the gearbox for upcoming fixtures, just tell it as it is. If he's gash, send him out on loan and hope he'll show as a prospect. Just don't let him warm the bench for the remainder of the season. That could have be significant wages saved and a transfer fee put toward alternative plans.
I hope to see him show us his worth ASAP. Nothing to loose in the league. Why not 4-4-2 for a spell... partial respite for Lukaku and a bedding in. Any perhaps something to contemplate for the opposition who at this point have our tactics well and truly sussed.
14 Posted 03/04/2016 at 05:56:06
This is Martinez's Everton, nothing will change, only which league we end up in.
15 Posted 03/04/2016 at 06:01:40
Just what the hell is going on? £13.5million down the tubes and I don't blame Niasse.
16 Posted 03/04/2016 at 06:42:48
Based on this, against a fully fit 90-minute player, he must be only around 40% fit, so why is it taking so long to get him up to Everton's low fitness standards.
The gobbledygook and rambling gets no better is it any wonder we don't have a clue what goes on behind closed doors, only the the dross we see at home.
17 Posted 03/04/2016 at 06:49:17
I go from anger to don't care as there is nothing I can do it's like a bad dream, Groundhog Day the same nonsense spouted by Martinez with no hope of change.
I will now retire to a darkened room to await the day's game and will refrain from posting until I can say something upbeat and positive.
18 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:08:42
Do the journos go in there beforehand thinking 'Right, let's have him today' but then when he starts spouting absolute drivel do they just think 'No we can't say anything, this lad isn't well, and we can't pick on the afflicted'?
19 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:10:21
If he's only 50-60% fit then he should fit seamlessly into any Martinez team.
20 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:21:52
Niasse needs to be given some gametime this season as we will have to rely on him next season when/if Lukaku leaves and it would be stupid to throw him into the starting line up next season without him having any Premier League experience.
21 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:32:30
Is this fitness factor an exponential line towards 100%? If so, is he not fit enough at 50% to play one half or doesn't it work like that? Just thought I would try a little RM bullshit.
22 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:34:01
23 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:34:04
24 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:34:50
25 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:47:46
My thoughts when we bought him were he was bought as a replacement for Rom because he can play the lone striker role since Martinez knew that Rom would be on his way after another season of not qualifying for Champions League.
Why Martinez is coming out with this is confusing; initially I thought there was maybe another issue à la Per Krøldrup, but the more I think about it, I think its just Martinez's Bullshit that only he seems to see/understand.
26 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:48:44
EXACTLY what I said when we bought him. He reminds me of Sissoko. All legs, very little technique, dribbles like he's chasing the ball rather than having it under control.
Martinez is so big on players having Premier League experience... where on earth did this transfer come from?
Anyway, what's the point even discussing it. None of this even matters with Martinez in charge. We are a sinking ship.
27 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:55:31
28 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:57:43
I am fascinated as to how this will run its course, and it could yet be the incident that topples Martinez and his lack of credibility. £13.5M spent on a duffer (I hope I am wrong and he turns out to be special) but somehow it all smells bad!
29 Posted 03/04/2016 at 08:58:42
The whole of football is laughing up Everton's back and I can see why. Perhaps someone can explain to me how on earth these bullshitters are still anywhere near a professional team?
30 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:04:49
That does seem to be the case. Other posters on other threads have mentioned the rumours coming out of Finch Farm that the lad is a bag of shite!
31 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:12:33
Maybe Bobby Brownshoes was referring to himself having a wrist injury after some of his own physical activities.
32 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:16:34
I am inclined to agree with you on that one. He got found out in training. If we have to wait till he gets fit, and be patient, just like with Kone for an end result, then I am definitely not looking forward to it.
Wrist, or no wrist, if he was useful, he would have had at least a half-hour here, a half-hour there... Look at Cahill and Costa, running around in masks.
What is Shani Tarashaj going to offer us next season? Will we be saying Tara Shani! after a few games???
33 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:26:04
34 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:30:40
35 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:37:56
36 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:38:25
This will be done under the guise of 'short of fitness' 'adjusting to the Premier League' etc. I reckon he'll wait to see if he gets another term and try to bed him in then, failing that he'll be the next manager's problem
37 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:47:00
38 Posted 03/04/2016 at 09:56:36
If a player has been at training at a club for two months but is only 60% fit, well I just think it would be better to tell the truth sometimes Roberto!
39 Posted 03/04/2016 at 10:11:52
Obviously I would like the player to be at least worth the money, but it's not looking good is it.
40 Posted 03/04/2016 at 10:26:01
However, I'm very sceptical of the merits of buying players from certain leagues & Russia is probably top of the list.
41 Posted 03/04/2016 at 10:29:24
42 Posted 03/04/2016 at 10:34:40
Why do people keep saying that Martinez is a qualified physio when there is no evidence to support his claim?
43 Posted 03/04/2016 at 10:40:48
How many players go out there truly 100% fit???
It's part a football that you get on with niggles and twinges, much like everyday life in general.
How many of us has gone to work not feeling 100%??
I'm a tad worried the lad's made of the same putty that Daniel Sturridge is.
44 Posted 03/04/2016 at 11:11:11
People praise Martinez in the transfer market but you can only give credit to somebody based on the obscure signings. Barry, Lukaku, Cleverley & Lennon were obvious quality that anybody with half decent football knowledge would have been aware of. McCarthy, Joel & Kone he knew from Wigan. Gerry appeared like a clever signing to us but he's a fellow Catalonian which is like a Scouse manager knowing about Ross Barkley.
45 Posted 03/04/2016 at 11:33:51
It seems some of you actually want this lad to be a failure so you can give it to Martinez some more. I couldn't care less if Martinez goes tomorrow, but I do hope £13.5m hasn't been wasted. Any player deserves at run in a winning side to see what he's made of. Those of you who want to judge him after a couple of substitute appearances are not being at all fair to the lad.
Even if you intensely dislike the manager, support the team & the players. Otherwise, what's the point?
46 Posted 03/04/2016 at 11:37:48
47 Posted 03/04/2016 at 11:49:15
I worry when managers buy players without having seen them play. I don't remember any reports saying Martinez was in Russia on a scouting mission in the last 6 months.
Surely you don't spend £13 + million on someone you have never seen in the flesh.
48 Posted 03/04/2016 at 11:58:33
Should we pay ££13 million for player that is 50 to 60 % fit?
Now, I'm with you, and I hope the money is not wasted, time will tell.
I can accept a player taking a little time to adapt, but what is all this not being fit all about?
Martinez speaks so much rubbish, a lot of us don't believe whatever he says anymore everything is a smokescreen for his failings well that's the way he has made me think about him anyway.
49 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:01:39
So this was the manager's chance to redeem himself and buy well in a vital position, the lad should of hit the ground running. How BK can call him a fantastic manager is laughable.
50 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:06:07
Better for him to be closer to full fitness than throw him in when he isn't ready and ruin his confidence. I have faith Martinez signings have ALL been decent value. I include the failed signings of McGeady, Alcaraz and (increasingly) Kone in that. £6m for a striker is nothing nowadays. We sold a 29 year old Naismith for £9m and used the proceeds plus another £4.5m to buy a 25 year old Russian player of the year. The main attribute I have heard put to both of them is hard work, Niasse is also meant to be v quick (In my mind I think of him as the African Jamie Vardy). How much game time was Naismith getting?
51 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:09:52
Unless you know you are buying absoloute class like an Aguero or Suarez type player.
With others you can get lucky or unlucky, for every rangy gangly performer but has a touch of class like a Kanu in his Arsenal day's, there will be a headless chicken with nothing to offer like a Bakayoko.
Niasse to me, what I've seen and the reports I've read isn't like a cool casual classy Kanu or even the ice cool Yakubu, I've heard and seen Niasse is more about running but not a particularly good touch and he looks well, a bit clumsy from what I've seen.
Time will tell, I don't expect even next season regardless of where Rom is that Niasse will be first choice.
If you have got big money to spend on a striker you have got to go out and make it priority number one that you bring in a prolific goalscorer that can offer several strings to the teams bow.
52 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:11:14
53 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:23:05
54 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:36:31
Martinez seems to have a pension for signing crocks who, for very spurious reasons, don't appear for weeks on end and then when they do, largely disappoint.
But, for all our sakes, the guy must come good as replacing Romelu will be a challenging task for anyone in the future seasons.
55 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:53:38
I for one am willing to postpone judgement on this guy until after he's been given a run in the side.
56 Posted 03/04/2016 at 12:56:56
It's definitely too early to write him off as useless or a crock.
57 Posted 03/04/2016 at 13:03:15
Salomon Rondon (WBA) also struggled to find his feet after he arrived from Russia but he's starting to score on a regular basis for a poor WBA team.
58 Posted 03/04/2016 at 13:09:37
It's the same day after day, the effing moaning and moaning. It doesn't matter what the thread was meant to be about, it always ends up Martinez is crap, Martinez is a clown etc etc.
Give it a rest.
59 Posted 03/04/2016 at 13:56:10
The problem was over paying for him. That was Terrible business in my eyes. His value is probably £8-9 million, especially with his "injury". Once you start looking at him as an £8-9m striker you won't be as disgruntled.
I'm just hoping he can play on the left but with his lack of stamina and ability to track back he's probably 3rd string. Playing second fiddle to Oviedo and Cleverley.
He won't be able to play the lone striker in this league I can guarantee you that much. If Martinez wants to opt for two upfront then he seems viable for that role. However I don't believe he can start a game alone upfront.
He has more pace than Kone but Kone's link up play, control and positioning is far superior than Niasse's. That's sad considering Kone is rated as a Championship player.
Here's to me hoping he can adapt to the league be more versatile and become a world beater.
Sometimes you don't really need skill, sometimes it's just instinct that can get you goals. I would have taken Chichorito in a heartbeat over Niasse. Roughly the same price. So I'm hoping what Niasse lacks in skill, he makes up for having some intuition for the game and makes some super sub appearances.
60 Posted 03/04/2016 at 14:43:21
What you are forgetting to mention in all these rumours about the lad's lack of ability in so-called training sessions, and Rom calling him raw, is that he plays for his country Senegal and he was named Russian Player of the Year 2015!
Ffs, give the lad a chance until he has a decent run out.
61 Posted 03/04/2016 at 15:22:43
62 Posted 03/04/2016 at 16:05:53
If we can spend dosh on beds at Finch Farm for unfit players, then surely we can spend money on a special training program for a £13.5 million player, who is still earning his wages!!!!!
We are desperate. and desperation and patience do not go together.
63 Posted 03/04/2016 at 17:19:40
64 Posted 03/04/2016 at 18:00:59
65 Posted 03/04/2016 at 19:29:48
Maybe it's a blessing we haven't seen too much of Niasse yet to save the lad from more Bakayoko style flack.
He looks like a footballer that is still learning how to control a football let alone acclimatise to the flipping league.
Frankly if he's leading the line next season then, I feel rather silly this season mocking the Geordies and Villa.
66 Posted 03/04/2016 at 19:32:17
67 Posted 03/04/2016 at 19:33:46
68 Posted 03/04/2016 at 19:43:23
I was YouTubed into a false sense of security.
Same with Martinez, to think I beat the drum for his appointment, I hang my head in utter shame, I should be ashamed to show my face.
Now though, like our players, I've been totally Martinized.
69 Posted 03/04/2016 at 19:47:47
As for Martinez, you and me both mate.
70 Posted 03/04/2016 at 21:03:48
71 Posted 03/04/2016 at 23:39:15
This guy has played 30 mins of football, let's at least give him a full game before we draw the knives.
As for the price tag, I bet you I can name more rubbished stickers costing over £13.5M than you can name under £13.5 who are good. Good being scores more than 20 a season, consistently. Starter for 10:
72 Posted 04/04/2016 at 01:29:03
Yes, I agree; let's wait until Niasse is 100% fit (whatever that means to him) and give a call on his game then.
None of his 5- or 15-minute introductions has anything to do with the dross games so far.
73 Posted 04/04/2016 at 04:19:09
Roque Santa Cruz
Again Carroll (Twice)
74 Posted 04/04/2016 at 06:43:45
How the sweet Mary and Joseph can a player get match fit sat on a bench???
75 Posted 04/04/2016 at 12:35:02
76 Posted 04/04/2016 at 16:17:18
Are we using a different shaped ball in the Premier League than in Russia? Maybe we have different gravity, or the air is thinner here which means Niasse can't breath at 100% yet.
Martinez used similar excuses for Kone as to why he wasn't ready. I fear we have bought another dud.
77 Posted 04/04/2016 at 16:52:37
Surely Niasse can see the Everton backroom staff are incompotent as far as getting him fit, in which case don't you think he could pay an ex athlete to help get his fitness levels up?
You shouldn't be criticising Evertonians for voicing there concerns over Niasse and Martinez.
Paying 㾹 million for a player who three months later is still not fit to play is a joke.
79 Posted 05/04/2016 at 09:13:27
It sums the current plight, we have no back up if Rom, as I suspect, gets injured very soon. I hope I'm wrong, but we have no other outlet to score bar a few Barkley efforts, as the players have been coached to not shoot at all costs from 25 yards or 8 yards.
Troy Deaney and Co will be preparing their launch tactics on us; will we learn from West Ham at home?
80 Posted 05/04/2016 at 21:20:46
81 Posted 06/04/2016 at 11:32:12
We've got to protect Moshiri's Money from this wastrel. Niasse is just the start of incompetent strikers we'll be getting, when it's apparent what we need is a worldclass defenders, like the beast Caner Erkin from Fenerbahçe and a new manager. Cholo Simeone will do nicely, he'll build a team of fighters we can all proud of.
82 Posted 06/04/2016 at 11:51:31
We've got to protect Moshiri"s Money from this wastrel'
(weeps) Yeah think about the children and..fellers with over a fucking billion.
Yes I'm being sarcastic but how exactly do 'we' protect Moshiri's money?
Moshiri, in all but name, owns Everton FC and has the financial clout and/or shares (ie: power) to fuck the lot of them off.
And if he hasn't and has spent tens of millions to have no say, he deserves fleecing.
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